National Preparedness Month: When to Evacuate
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Do you know when to evacuate or shelter in place?
Here’s your daily tip for National Preparedness Month:
Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the event the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.
- Staying put – in some situations, it may be best to stay where you are and avoid uncertainty outside. When staying put, it is best to have a pre-assembled kit in place and to also know the steps to “Shelter in Place and Seal the Room”.
Getting Away (or Evacuating) – Other conditions may
require an evacuation. Plan for alternate routes before the
emergency occurs and designate meeting locations with families
and friends in case you are separated.
- Pay attention to local emergency management and public safety officials and evacuate when asked. Evacuation information and orders will be disseminated to residents in numerous ways.
More information: Deciding to Stay or Go
For questions and information, contact the Office of Emergency Management:
National Preparedness Month 2011
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign. NPM is held each September and its goal is to:
Increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for
- Encourage individuals to take action
September 2011 is the eighth annual NPM. The month will focus on important preparedness steps: